If you’ve turned on shipping notifications for Alexa, which allows your Echo devices to tell you when your Amazon orders are out for delivery, there’s a new option that you’ll probably want to configure one way or the other. You can now select whether you want Alexa to read off the name of the product being delivered.
If you load up the Alexa app and head to the Settings section, near the bottom you’ll find an area for Notifications. At the top of that section is an area to configure your Shopping Notifications, which is where the two new options exist. You can still turn off shopping notifications altogether, which is still the default state, but if you have them turned on, you can select if you want Alexa to speak out the contents of the shipment or not.
With the option to give the product name disabled, which is the default setting, Alexa will only tell you when the order that is arriving was placed and not what it contains. With the holidays just around the corner, this setting is crucial to avoid inadvertently revealing gifts to family and friends.
Shipping notifications are unprompted alerts that beep and light up your Echo devices with a yellow light when your Amazon packages are out for delivery. Alexa can also give you prompted shipping updates by asking “Alexa, where’s my stuff?” Unfortunately, the new option that prevents Alexa from saying the product names for unprompted notifications does not affect prompted notifications. That means that if you or anyone in your household asks for order updates, Alexa will still reveal the contents of the order.
There’s also a second new option under Alexa’s shopping notification settings that allows you to opt-into receiving notifications for reordering items. The setting says it will allow Alexa to remind you “to reorder items previously purchased on Amazon.”